Keep in mind that adapting your files to this new format will take time and requires internal testing. ADP, Harpers, and Accufund have been in contact with the MSRB and are aware of the upcoming changes to the file format. Whether you use one of these vendors or another one, contact them today to review the time frame for your internal testing.
If your agency submits its payroll directly to the Board, you should be reviewing the new file format so that you will be prepared for the transition to MARIS. This new file submission format will be required for all agencies reporting to the State Employees' Retirement System. Spread sheets, floppy disks, CD's or other formats will not be accepted when MARIS goes live.
Start preparing now to ensure that your agency will be ready to submit a test file to the MSRB in June. If your agency does not submit a test file by June 2011 you will not be able to participate in the user acceptance testing - a vital part of the process.
Please contact Sally Rizzo at 617-367-7770, ext. 357 with any questions.